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The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers excursions throughout the year. Whether you are interested in a two-hour walking tour of historic downtown Denver or a full-day bird walk to observe fall migrants, we have a day trip to pique your curiosity.

For information on upcoming day trips, call 303-322-7009 or become a Museum member and get the full list in the Museum Monthly magazine.


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Family Explorations With Naturalist-Educator Laura Arndt

  • Making Sense of Your Senses
    People depend mostly on their sight to explore the world. Fish, butterflies, snakes, and other animals have developed the use of other senses to find what they need to survive. On this field trip to Franktown, you and your child can practice using touch, smell, taste, vibration, and sight through a series of fun activities, including taste tests and
    a camouflaged egg hunt. Then head outside to see what animals can be found using all of the senses.
    Wednesday, January 10
    9:30–11:30 a.m.
    $12 adult member, $16 adult nonmember
    $6 child 3–6 years

Urban South Platte Bird Walk
Join DMNS research associate Norm Lewis at the South Platte Park to search for wintering waterfowl, raptors, and passerines. Time permitting, other Denver area lakes and ponds may be included in the excursion. Meet at the park at Mineral and Santa Fe. Ages 15 and up welcome.
Thursday, January 18
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
$14 member, $18 nonmember

Craig Rehabilitation Hospital
Craig Hospital is a private, nonprofit, national rehabilitation hospital that specializes exclusively in the care, treatment, research, and disability management for patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In 1999, U.S. News and World Report selected Craig for the ninth consecutive year as one of the Top 10 Rehabilitation Hospitals in America. Learn about Craig’s specially designed programs that help patients and families return to positive, productive lives after a disabling injury. The tour is limited to 15 adults.
Wednesday, January 24
10:00–11:30 a.m.
$10 member, $14 nonmember

Opera Colorado 2001
For the third season in a row, we are pleased to collaborate with Opera Colorado to offer DMNS members special opportunities to attend opera lectures and rehearsals. This year’s Opera Colorado productions are Pucini’s Turandot, Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss (illustrated above), and Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice. Prior to each rehearsal, hear a fascinating multimedia synopsis and history of the opera presented by Stephen W. Seifert, executive director of Opera Colorado. Lectures held at the DMNS; rehearsals held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Advance registrations required.

  • Pucini’s Turandot
    Lecture: Thursday, January 25
    7:00–9:00 p.m.
    Rehearsal: Wednesday, February 7
    7:30–10:30 p.m.
  • Ariadne auf Naxos
    Lecture: Thursday, March 15
    7:00–9:00 p.m.
    Rehearsal: Wednesday, April 25
    7:30–10:30 p.m.
  • Orpheus and Eurydice
    Lecture: Thursday, April 5
    7:00–9:00 p.m.
    Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 2
    7:30–10:30 p.m.

    $12 per person per opera (includes lecture and rehearsal; program fee shared with Opera Colorado)
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